This was the second year of the pandemic and technology continues to be a lifesaver, helping millions of people around the world work from home and stay safe, even while having fun and connecting.
With companies buying time to bring in features that reflect the needs of the pandemic, in the past year several more practical devices have been announced. Some even came with a human touch and turned to simplicity as a basic offering, even while others pushed the boundaries of what could be done.
Here is a list of the best gadgets for 2021, based on our hands-on experiences.
iPhone 13 Pro Max
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is a major lesson on how to improve on an already good product. It’s not drastically different from its predecessor, but it still works great, thanks to features like a higher refresh rate screen, longer battery life, and an improved camera setup.
The A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 13 Pro Max makes it the most powerful smartphone on the market. But after virtually ditching the built-in camera over the years with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple appears to be warning premium camcorder makers. The iPhone 13 Pro Max can actually record cinematic videos, which can be edited on the phone itself.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 e Flip 3
2021 will be the year Samsung perfected foldable mobile phones. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is unlike any other smartphone on the market, giving users extra screen space that promises more productivity.
The Z Fold 3 was always destined to become the standard in foldable smartphones, but no one knew that the device would become more refined this year. However, the biggest surprise was obviously the Galaxy Z Flip 3 which is aimed at those who prefer the phone to be smaller when not in use.
The iPhone 13 delivers performance and value, a rare and hard-to-get combination. On paper, it looks like an incremental update to last year’s iPhone 12, but the iPhone 13 is more polished than any high-end smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy A52
At a time when mid-range phones are starting to look ordinary and predictable, the Galaxy A52 has added a little sparkle. With the Galaxy A52, Samsung created a phone that tried to strike a balance between price, features and design.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Every year, the Redmi Note series sets a new standard and 2021 was no different. With the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, the company launched a 108MP camera and a macro camera, both of which perform very well, given the price range this phone is in.
Amazon Kindle Paper White (2021)
The new Kindle Paperwhite is an improvement over its predecessor, but it’s not a major upgrade and that’s okay. The features have been updated that may seem insignificant to some, but improve the already excellent ebook reader.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung struggled hard with Apple in the premium smartwatch segment with the Galaxy Watch 4 this year. Galaxy Watch 4 is the first smartwatch to run on the new Google Wear platform co-designed by Google and Samsung.
Nintendo Switch (OLED)
Nintendo’s home console received a mid-cycle update this year with the new Switch OLED model. It’s still the Switch we all love, but the new version offers a 7-inch OLED display in portable mode, along with 64GB of storage — double the original Nintendo Switch and improved support.
Dell UltraSharp 4K webcam
The Dell 4K UltraSharp webcam may seem like overkill to the average user, but if you’re a content creator or content creator, this one makes a huge difference. It is aesthetically pleasing with its retro-inspired design, clever mounting options, and magnetic lens hood for privacy.
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